Our Vision

Creating leaders for the future


Message from the Mayor of Bristol

“Bristol is a great place to live and work and a city I am proud to serve as Mayor.

“However, Bristol remains challenged by gender, race and class fractures.

“Unquantifiable amounts of young talent are lost to the city every year in part because the social, economic and political structures that nurture leadership are not equally available to all. In looking at this inequality, I believe we must also look seriously at the issue of leadership and I believe we need to start with our young people.

“I believe it is in our collective interest to take a proactive approach to growing the talent and values that will lead us tomorrow. 

“I launched the City Leadership Programme in 2012 to focus on young people and their potential and I am pleased to have brought it with me to the Mayor’s Office when I was elected in 2016.”

Mayor Marvin Rees presenting to 2019’s cohort

Mayor Marvin Rees presenting to 2019’s cohort

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Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol and CLP co-founder



Programme Overview

The CLP identifies and invests in the lives of high-ability, high-aspiration students from backgrounds of disadvantage and groups which are under-represented in leadership.

It is a step towards improving our diversity of thought and creating leaders for the future. The programme helps students to develop the emotional and technical tools they need to apply their talent and move from good to great.

The CLP is a six-month Bristol-based programme for young people aged 16-19 which begins with a two-week intensive summer course (1-12 July 2019). The curriculum focuses on personal development, envisioning, life planning, academic enrichment, skills-building, exposure and networking. The course is facilitated by Dr Simon Newitt and Sherrie Eugene-Hart.

At the end of the two-week course, participants are paired with a mentor, supported by Babbasa, to continue their development for six months. Mentoring is provided by local leaders from business, the public sector and political life, depending on participants’ ambitions.

Once the programme ends, participants become part of the CLP Alumni Network and will be invited to an annual alumni dinner during April.

Nominations for the 2019 programme opened on Monday 7 January and close Friday 5 April 2019.

Invitations to nominate are circulated to sixth forms and agencies which work with young people.